an advisor to the State Conservationist on issues and concerns/problems
related to both equal employment opportunities and program delivery for
representation, promotion and retention of employees who are Hispanic in the
Vermont NRCS workforce.
knowledge and background on Hispanic cultural issues and concerns to
effectively serve as NRCS in Vermont as HEPM.
What does a HEP Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) do?
the State Conservationist/DEEO Officer on matters affecting the employment
and advancement of Hispanics.
in development and administration of the Affirmative Employment Plan.
recruit, retain and promote Hispanics within the organization.
fellow employees on cultural differences and similarities.
a liaison between employees and management to ensure a good working
relationship and equal treatment of employees.
on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee.
employees in providing equal opportunity in program delivery.
employees and disseminate to field employees information received from the
national HEPM and other sources.
What is the Hispanic Emphasis Program and who is Hispanic?
The Hispanic Emphasis Program (HEP) was established initially by a
Presidential Directive in 1970 as a Sixteen Point Program for Spanish Speaking
Americans. Executive Order 11491, Nov. 1970 integrated the
Spanish-Speaking (now HEP) into the overall Federal Equal Employment Opportunity
Program. For additional authority and guidance on the (HEP) program, the Federal
Personnel Manual (FPM) Letters 713-18 and 713-23 direct Federal agencies to
designate Hispanic Emphasis Program Managers (HEPM's) to carry out the
objectives of the Hispanic Employment Program and directs Federal agencies to
appoint either full-time or part-time managers. It was designed to assure
consideration of the needs and issues of persons of Hispanic origin in all
aspects of Federal personnel management, as well as on the access to and
delivery of. Hispanics are persons of Mexican, Cuban, Central and South American
or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.